In his address to the IIEA, Thomas Greminger highlights some of the key security challenges facing Europe today, including both traditional threats and transnational and global challenges, and how multilateral organizations like the OSCE can help to tackle them. Given the OSCE’s long track record in conflict prevention and conflict management, as well as post-conflict rehabilitation, the Secretary General also highlights his organisation’s engagement on a number of conflicts in the OSCE area.
About the Speaker:
Thomas Greminger was appointed Secretary General of the OSCE in July 2017 after serving as Chair of the Permanent Council during Switzerland’s OSCE Chairmanship. Prior to his assignment, Mr Greminger was Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ Human Security Division and Deputy Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Thomas Greminger holds a PhD in history from the University of Zurich and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Swiss Armed Forces. He has authored several publications on military history, conflict management, peacekeeping, development and human rights.